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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/27/2013

November 27, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Works begins deicing efforts

With temperatures dropping and the ground becoming icy, the City’s Public Works Department has already had to start its deicing efforts in Lakewood. The City’s fleet of vehicles that will be used during a major snow/ice emergency consists of:

  • Two, 5-yard trucks with plows
  • 1-ton truck with sander and plow
  • Flatbread truck with salt brine.

Last week, the Public Works Department spread 975 gallons of salt throughout Lakewood, including the parking lot and sidewalks at Lakewood City Hall, the parking lots and pedestrian areas at the Lakewood Police Department, as well as the bus/train loading zone and the vehicle access points at the bus station.

Traffic Tuesday

On Nov. 26, the City introduced a new feature on its Facebook page called “Traffic Tuesday,” a user-friendly method of answering some of the community’s most pressing traffic-related questions.

Each week, the City will solicit traffic-related questions from users via Facebook and e-mail. Every Tuesday, the City will feature one question for which the Transportation Division of the Public Works Department will provide an answer on our Facebook page. We’ve even started a Twitter hashtag: #traffictuesday.

The first question covered the “video detection cameras” at certain intersections, and that prompted more questions from users. The City will answer those questions in the coming weeks. For more information and to follow this feature, “Like” the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page , or follow us on Twitter .

Christmas Tree Lighting/Jingle Bell Rock 5K

Mark your calendars for the City of Lakewood’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 at Lakewood City Hall. In its 18th year, the festival will include a host of activities for the family, including a Kiddie Parade, the Lakewood Christmas tree lighting, free children’s crafts, holiday music, refreshments and a visit with Santa.

Then, make your way back to Lakewood City Hall the next morning for the 2013 Jingle Bell Rock 5K , which begins 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Registration for the walk/jog/run is $25, and it includes chip timing and a commemorative, long-sleeve t-shirt for the first 200 registrants.

The City thanks St. Clare Hospital for sponsoring the event.

Lakewood Officers’ Charity helps homeless family

Several weeks ago, Lakewood Officers were dispatched next to the 8400 block of Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest to check the welfare of several subjects sleeping inside a vehicle.

Officers contacted a family of five (a mom and her four daughters, toddler-age to teenagers) inside the vehicle. The mother stated she had recently moved to Washington and just started working. She said she was having a difficult time finding a place to live with her children after fleeing from a domestic violence situation.

Officers contacted the Lakewood Officers’ Charity board members and temporary housing was quickly located for the family. A few weeks later, with the assistance of the Charity, permanent housing was arranged. The Lakewood Officers’ Charity was very fortunate to have housing resources to help so that we could, in turn, assist this family.

The Lakewood Officers’ Charity facilitated donations to help provide furnishings for their new apartment. The mother was extremely grateful to finally have a place for her and her daughters to call home. She said that without the Lakewood Officers’ Charity, she would have had no one else to turn to.

The Lakewood Officer’s Charity would like to thank CSO Dawn McGinnis for being instrumental in finding the new home and furnishings for the family of five.

 

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 2, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Swearing-in ceremony of John Simpson as Councilmember
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Board Report
  • Public hearing on 2013 budget amendments.
  • Confirm Municipal Court Judge appointment .
  • Confirm Hearings Examiner appointments and approve said agreements.
  • Adopt criminal code amendments.
  • Adopt Municipal Court code update (ie judge’s salary and caseloads)
  • Adopt 104th Street Court Right-of-Way street vacation.
  • Adopt allocations for lodging tax funding.
  • Adopt South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Approve the Prairie Oaks Section 108 loan.
  • Approve Humane Society Agreement.
  • Approve DOE $300,000 grant for stormwater outfall.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, December 9, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 3rd Quarter Police Department Report
  • Review of petty cash fund

 

Police

Lakewood Police Department celebrates its first decade in 2014

The Lakewood Police Department will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary next year, and planning has already begun for this historic event. Various activities are scheduled throughout the year, beginning with the Kick-off Party in January, so stay tuned for further information. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful milestone with the citizens of Lakewood.

Officers’ Charity feeds 100 seniors, veterans and wounded warriors

On Nov. 26, the Lakewood Officers’ Charity, with the help of Old Country Buffet and Saars Market, provided holiday meals for approximately 100 senior citizens, military veterans and wounded warriors.

Saars Marketplace provided turkeys and hams, and the Old County Buffet prepared the food for our guests. Included with the meal was a raffle for which several gift baskets donated by Safeway, Classy Chassis and H&L Produce were given away. Guests were also given gift bags - put together by the Lakewood Senior Center and the Lakewood Officers’ Charity - and car wash vouchers donated by Classy Chassis. This is the fourth year that the Lakewood Officers’ Charity and Old Country Buffet have partnered to provide these meals. We were all very pleased to be able to honor our veterans and seniors.

The Lakewood Officers’ Charity would again like to thank CSO Dawn McGinnis for her dedication and hard work in pulling the Old Country Buffet event together.

 

Legal Department Update

During the week of November 18-22, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 24 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 10 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities

 

Municipal Court Update

For the month of October 2013, the Municipal Court processed :

  • 572 infractions
  • 317 criminal citations
  • 1198 photo infractions.

The Court held 1,883 hearings - including civil, criminal and photo infractions – for Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom. The Municipal Court Community Service Work Crew performed more than 456 hours of manual labor throughout City parks and right-of-ways, as well as the clean-up of hundreds of pounds of litter and garbage throughout Lakewood streets and parks.

The Court Compliance Officers transported 148 defendants to the Municipal Court from various jails for their Court appearances, as well as screened 1,353 individuals coming into the Court, all while monitoring defendants on electronic home monitoring and performing other duties involving Court security.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/22/2013

November 22, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Local Leaders Testify in Olympia

On Thursday, Nov. 21, Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield, along with a group of leaders from our area traveled to Olympia to testify in front of the Washington State Senate about the need to fix the transportation woes in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor.

Our area is encouraging state lawmakers to include major fixes to the corridor in their proposed transportation package. Given that Interstate 5 is the state's main transportation corridor, relieving congestion near the base is vital.

Pictured from left to right: 28th District Sen. Steve O'Ban, Lakewood City Manager John J. Caulfield, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas and 28th District Rep. Dick Muri.

Mayor Presents Proclamation to St. Clare Hospital

The Lakewood Farmers Market. The Lakewood Summerfest Triathlon. The Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

Without the contributions of Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital, none of these events would be as successful, and they might not even be possible. That’s why on Nov. 21, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson recognized the local hospital with a special proclamation during the Franciscan Foundation Board of Trustees meeting at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Standing next to St. Clare Hospital President Kathy Bressler in front of the Board’s 20 or so members, Mayor Anderson talked about the hospital’s vital role as both a medical care provider and a community cornerstone.

For example, St. Clare sponsored the Lakewood Farmers Market, which enjoyed its second season outside of Lakewood City Hall this past summer. In just two years, the market has blossomed into a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

If you want to see another example, plan to attend the City of Lakewood’s annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 7, which is sponsored by St. Clare. The walk/jog/run has become a holiday tradition in the community. This year, St. Clare sponsored two youth teams from the Clover Park School District – one from Lake Louise Elementary and the other from Tyee Park Elementary.

Public Information Officer Meet and Greet

On Nov. 21, the Lakewood Police Department held its first Public Information Officer (PIO) Meet and Greet. The goal of this event was to provide PIO’s from other agencies, as well as the media, a chance to come and meet one another in an informal setting, in the hopes of making future cooperative efforts between departments, agencies and the media more efficient.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation of appreciation of Councilmember McGovern-Pilant.
  • Adopt 2014 property tax levy.

Following the special meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013, the City Council will begin its study session at the same location. Agenda items for the study session include:

  • Review of Prairie Oaks (LASA) Section 108 loan.
  • Review of proposed lodging tax funding allocations.
  • Economic Development and Development Services update.
  • 2013-2014 Mid-Biennial Budget Review, Proposed 2013 Budget Amendments.
  • South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan visioning process & contract.
  • Review of criminal code amendments.
  • Municipal Court code update (i.e., judge’s salary and caseloads)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 2, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Swearing-in ceremony of new Councilmember
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Board Report
  • Public hearing on 2013 budget amendments.
  • Confirm Municipal Court Judge appointment.
  • Confirm Hearings Examiner appointments and approve said agreements.
  • Adopt criminal code amendments.
  • Adopt Municipal Court code update (i.e., judge’s salary and caseloads)
  • Adopt 104th Street Court Right-of-Way street vacation.
  • Adopt allocations for lodging tax funding.
  • Adopt South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Approve the Prairie Oaks Section 108 loan.
  • Approve Humane Society Agreement.
  • Approve DOE $300,000 grant for stormwater outfall.

Legal Department Update

During the week of Nov. 11-15, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 16 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 8 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Community Safety Resource Team conducts Block Watch training

Community Service Officer Gail Conelly conducted block watch training for 20-plus members of a local condominium association. The members are excited to get to work and make sure their local area is safer for residents. We talked about lighting, phones, partners and keeping a general watch on the area, as well as calling in to 911 when they see suspicious activity. They will have further meetings in the future, at which time more training will be conducted.

Community Safety Resource Team conducts a tour of the police station

Community Service Officer Gail Conelly conducted a tour of the police station for Girl Scout Troop No. 44607 from Joint Base Lewis -McChord. There were 11 girls, 2 boys and 8 parents present. The girls got to meet Chief Farrar and spend a few minutes talking to Officers Waller and Feldman. They then had a presentation on bullying and stranger danger from a Girl Scout Cadet.

Economic Development Update

2013 Economic Symposium

Labor and Industries hosted the annual Economic Symposium on Friday. Topics covered included Labor Market and Economic Analysis, Economic and Revenue Forecasting, and Research Opportunities through the UWT Regional Census Regional Data Center. Washington State has recovered about 80 percent of the jobs lost in the recession. Most of the new job creation has been in lower paying jobs such as retail services. The only industry sector to grow during the recession was health care and economists expect the highest recovery in the coming year or two to be in construction, health care and manufacturing. We are continuing on a slow-growth path. House prices are on the increase – good for existing home owners.

Looking for employment data? Visit https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/ . Presentations from this week’s meeting will be uploaded to the website next week.

Police

Lakewood Officer recognized for DUI enforcement efforts

On Nov. 22, Officer John Babcock was recognized by the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI Victims Information Panel for his efforts in DUI and Impaired Driving enforcement.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/8/2013

November 8, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation declaring November as Veterans Appreciation Month.
  • IJR/I-5 JBLM corridor improvements update.
  • Review of the proposed human services funding recommendations.
  • Review of the purchase of property for Wards Lake Park.
  • Review of the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.
  • Marijuana sales, processing and production update.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Set December 2, 2013 as the date for a Public Hearing on the 2013 budget amendments.
  • Public Hearing on 104th Street Court Right-of-Way street vacation.
  • Adoption of 2014 property tax levy
  • Approve a purchase and sale agreement to acquire property for Wards Lake Park.
  • Adopt the condemnation of property at 8008 to 8248 Bridgeport Way SW.
  • Adopt allocations for human services programs.
  • Affirm the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fallen Officers Food Drive

November 29th, 2013 will mark the 4th anniversary of the murders of our four officers, Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Greg Richards, and Officer Ronnie Owens. In years past, we have honored the fallen officers with a food drive at the Lakewood Police Station.

This year, the 29th falls on the day after Thanksgiving. In order to allow the families and department members time to spend with their families on the holiday, there will not be a food drive “day” at the station.

In partnership with Q13 Fox, Washington’s Most Wanted, Les Schwab Tire Centers, the Emergency Food Network and Food Life Line; the Fallen Officer Food Drive will still take place. Donations of non-perishable food items and/or cash can be made at the Lakewood Police Department or any Les Schwab Tire Center store beginning November 1st and lasting through November 22nd.

In the last four years the Fallen Officers Food Drive raised a generous $90,649.00 in cash donations and 115,962 pounds of food. The officers dedicated themselves to the community in life and now that dedication continues through this food drive. The goal for this year is $50,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.

This year’s Fallen Officer Food Drive is dedicated to the memory of Washington State Trooper Sean O’Connell, who was killed in the line of duty on May 31st, 2013. Trooper O’Connell was killed when his police motorcycle collided with a box truck in Skagit County.

We humbly and sincerely appreciate the community’s ongoing support for fallen officers everywhere and hope you will join us in making this another successful food drive.

Scotch Broom Cleared On Bridgeport

Teamwork is what it took to tackle the overgrown Scotch broom and weedy Right-of-Way along Bridgeport Way Southwest between 88th and 83rd Streets. The City’s Parks Department and work crew “volunteers” spent last Friday doing general cleanup along the overgrown sidewalk, transforming it from a neighborhood eyesore into a clean and passable sidewalk. The winners are the citizens of Lakewood. Way to go team!

Legal Department Update

During the week of October 28- November 1, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 43 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 22 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Automated Traffic Safety Cameras Seminar

On November 5, 2013, City Attorney Heidi Ann Wachter, Chief of Police Bret Farrar and Court Administrator Deana Wright attended an Automated Traffic Safety Cameras seminar sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities. The seminar featured an examination of legal challenges, legislative proposals, and best practices regarding the use of camera revenue. City Attorney Wachter participated on a panel of cities sharing vendor contract information and a review of data.

Economic Development Update

Utilities Meetings

The Economic Development Department met with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Lakeview Light & Power to discuss power rates, structures, recent upgrades and future upgrades. The purpose, in part, was to identify any new information that needs to be included in our 2015 Comp Plan update.

Rally Point 6

Several employees and supporters met to tour the new Rally Point 6 building at 9881 Bridgeport Way. Still under construction, this organization will be the central point for veterans and families when transitioning out of the military to civilian life. They will assist with housing, employment, training and connections to all the resources veterans and families need. This is the first of many transitional facilities to be constructed across the nation. Check out their website for additional information: http://rallypoint6.com/

Studio Hot Yoga Grand Opening

One of our newest additions to Lakewood - Studio Hot Yoga - is now open. Their focus is on total wellness, and offerings include hot and warm gentle yoga, dance and movement therapy, Pilates, Latin Heat, Holistic Wellness, personal training and nutrition coaching.

Chamber Luncheon Featured Inspirational Speaker

Mr. Albert Mensah, motivational speaker, consultant and trainer delivered a powerful speech this week. The crowd was encouraged to “Get Uncomfortable.” He stressed excellence, discipline, and personal accountability while teaching ways to be more effective in business. Attendees included City Manager John J. Caulfield, Chief of Police Bret Farrar, and Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/15/2013

November 15, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Set December 2, 2013 as the date for a Public Hearing on the 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments.
  • Public Hearing on vacating a portion of 104th Street Court South.
  • Adopt of 2014 property tax levy
  • Approve a purchase and sale agreement to acquire property for Wards Lake Park.
  • Adopt the condemnation of property at 8008 to 8248 Bridgeport Way SW.
  • Adopt allocations for 2014 human services programs.
  • Affirm the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 25, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of the proposed lodging tax funding allocations.
  • Economic Development and Development Services update.
  • 2013-2014 Mid-Biennial Budget Review, Proposed 2013 Budget Amendments.
  • Review of Prairie Oaks (LASA) Section 108 loan.
  • South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan visioning process & contract.
  • Review of criminal codes update (ie DUI Cost Recovery)
  • Municipal Court code updates

Topics of Interest and Updates

South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Forum

The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership held its annual forum Thursday at the Courtyard Tacoma Downtown Marriot.

More than 150 people representing local and state governments, federal lawmakers, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the business community and other stakeholders attended the three-hour long event, which Program Manager Dan Penrose led throughout the day.

Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr., Commander at JBLM, opened the forum with his speech on the state of the base, covering everything from the base’s habitat preservation to base construction to what military leaders are doing to help traffic flow better inside JBLM’s gates.

The SSMCP specifically addressed the JBLM corridor’s traffic woes with a panel discussion that included City Manager John J. Caulfield, who emphasized the importance of all stakeholders working together for a fix. Lacey City Manager Scott Spence, JBLM Public Works Director Steve Perrenot and John Wynands, Assistant Region Administrator for Project Development with WSDOT, also sat on the panel.

“In order for us to be successful as a region, this corridor needs to be addressed,” Caulfield said.

The event featured another panel discussion on innovation to ensure men and women leaving the military can successfully make the transition to civilian life.

A photo gallery of the forum is available on the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page .

Local, State Leaders Meet To Discuss Funding For JBLM Corridor Improvements

On Wednesday night, the City of Lakewood hosted an informational meeting of local and state officials that addressed obtaining state funding to pay for traffic improvements to the JBLM corridor.

Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, and City Councilmembers Marie Barth, Paul Bocchi, Mike Brandstetter and Mary Moss all attended the meeting, which took place at the Oakbrook Golf Course. Also in attendance: Former Lakewood Mayor and Pierce County Councilman Doug Richardson, 28th District Reps. Tami Green and Dick Muri, and Sen. Steve O’Ban, as well as 29th District Reps. David Sawyer and Steve Kirby, and Sen. Steve Conway.

Much of the discussion focused on improvements that are needed to unclog the regular traffic bottleneck near JBLM, as well as how the region could position itself to receive funding from the proposed state transportation package to pay for the improvements.

Legal Department Update

During the week of November 4-8, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 12 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 11charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Economic Development Update

VIBE Opening Celebration

The City attended the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) Grand Opening this week. VIBE is a University of Washington Tacoma program that allows students who are veterans to use their talents to create new inventions while earning their degrees. Here’s more information: http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/news/new-business-incubator-focuses-veterans .

Hobby Lobby Coming Soon

In case you missed the sign on 100th, Hobby Lobby will soon open in the former K Mart building. Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady first met with this retailer at an International Council of Shopping Centers trade show three years ago. Since then, Hobby Lobby has wanted to be in Lakewood, but it couldn’t find the right space. We’re very excited to welcome this new destination store – look for a first quarter 2014 opening. They expect to hire 35-50 employees. They will share the space with another store…so stay tuned.

Economy Still Slowly Edging Up

As of early November 2013, the medium home sales price in Lakewood was $207,450 which is an increase of 22 %from a year earlier. Number of sales is up by 18% and the average price per square foot is at $142 (+24.5%) according to Trulia. As of October 2013 retail sales are up over 8% year-to-date over 2012. Unemployment rate is down from 9.4% in January to 8.2% in August 2013.

Police

LPD EVOC coordinates regional training

From November 7 to November 10, LPD EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course) and other Cooperative City EVOC instructors hosted in-service training on a closed course at the Washington State Patrol Academy. 117 student officers from 9 agencies received updated training that included tactical backing, Pursuit Immobilization Technique, simulated vehicle pursuits, decision making, and low speed placement skills. LPD EVOC joined the cooperative cities team in 2010 to better leverage instructors and resources.

Food Drive Event

On November 21st, from 3-7 p.m., Les Schwab and Q13 will be hosting a Food Drive Event at the South Hill, Puyallup Wal-Mart (located at: 310 31st Ave SE, Puyallup-across from the South Hill Mall) You won't be able to miss it-they'll have Les Schwab vehicles, tents, banners, and LPD vehicles. If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, here is a great place to do so! The City thanks everyone who has already donated, and as well as those who plan to do so. We appreciate the support more than we can say!

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/1/2013

November 1, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 4, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Board Report
  • Public Hearing on 2014 property tax levy.
  • Adopt amendments to Chapter 5.02 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to business licenses.
  • Bid award to KBH Construction, Inc., in the amount of $524,485 for traffic signal improvements at Custer Road SW and John Dower Road SW.
  • Bid award to Totem Electric of Tacoma, in the amount of $774,375, for modification to 48 traffic signals.
  • Approve a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $50,000 for the 2013-2015 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
  • Adopt the Legislative Policy Manual and 2013-2014 Biennial Legislative Agenda.
  • Approve an agreement with Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, in the amount of $55,000 for state government relation services.
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Cities of Tacoma, Fife, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Pierce Transit relative to an auto crime enforcement task force to respond and investigate auto thefts.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • IJR/I-5 JBLM corridor improvements update.
  • Review of the proposed human services funding recommendations.
  • Review of the purchase of property for Wards Lake Park.
  • Marijuana sales, processing and production update.
  • South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Review of the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Make a Difference Day

The Lakewood Youth Council coordinated community service projects throughout the City in celebration of Make a Difference Day this past Saturday. The projects included: installing 33 grave markers in the cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park with the Grave Concerns organization, decorating pumpkins at the West Pierce Fire & Rescue pumpkin patch, completing the final phase of a three-year beautification project at Tyee Park Elementary and working with the Clover Park Kiwanis Club at the community garden to prepare the garden plots for winter. More than 100 volunteers participated in Make a Difference Day in Lakewood this year.

Transit Connector Project Artwork

The final leaf was installed on the gateway arch at the Transit Connector Project. This completes the display of 5 Garry Oak leaves representative of our local flora in Lakewood. Artist David Eisenhour is nationally recognized for his sculptures depicting specific plant forms which offer a reflection of their covert beauty and peculiarity.

Legal Department Update

During the week of October 21-25, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 39 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 15 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Donations For YWCA

During the month of October, the City of Lakewood and the Dollar Tree Corporation partnered together to collect donations on behalf of the Pierce County YWCA. Between 5,000 to 6,000 personal hygiene products were collected for victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Awareness Rally

On Friday, October 25th, Anita Booker-Hay attended the first annual domestic violence awareness rally sponsored by the City of Tacoma. The rally included representatives of Cities that have recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness month by proclamation, as well as other agencies that provide direct victim services to domestic violence crime victims.

Community Development Update

Software Conversion

The Community Development Department completed its software conversion this week. There were three parts to the conversion process:

  1. Retiring one software system and replacing it with a new system
  2. Converting planning and building permit files that were “in process”
  3. Providing training to both the Community Development Department and Public Works Department
  4. Systems testing for quality assurance.

PAB Reviewing Zoning Code Amendment

This coming week, the Planning Advisory Board will convene. The board will review a resolution of intent to amend the zoning code, updating definitions related to housing and considering a new communal residence section. The board will consider a report regarding the Puget Sound Regional Council’s regional growth centers and review information on Lakewood’s population and housing data as part of the 2015 comprehensive plan update.

Economic Development Update

100th & South Tacoma Way

Economic Development is working with the National Development Council (NDC) on SBA and Section 108 funding for a redevelopment project at the corner of 100th and South Tacoma Way. This property is where the Gloria Motel once stood and the Rainier Motel still stands.

New Medical Services Business

A disabled veteran and medical professional is seeking a location in the heart of our Central Business District. This new medical services center will bring together several disciplines geared towards pain management among other related services. NDC is also assisting in framing the options best suited for this practice.

New Springbrook Development

A Springbrook property owner met with the City this week to discuss current and next steps for their property. The City will work closely with the owner, architect and construction contractor in the coming months and into 2014 for a new development in this area.

Woodbrook Industrial Park

Ellie Chambers-Grady met with energy provider and EDB staff around best uses for the new Industrial Business Park (IBP). A 20-plus acre parcel has been prepped and approved for warehousing and manufacturing. It is currently being marketed as the Lakewood I-5 Commerce Center build-to-suit. Olympic Moving & Storage, the first business to sight in the IBP earlier this year, already has plans for expansion.

Destination Summit

The Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (TRCVB) brought their team to Lakewood this week to meet with venues and the Economic Development Department. TRCVB outcomes from the meeting were perceptions of what Lakewood does really well, opportunities for improvement, trends, and better ways to collaborate with one another to bring various sized tours to Lakewood.

Police Update

Narcotics Warrant

On October 29th, the Police Department worked with the DEA to serve six narcotics-related search warrants in Pierce County, one of which was in Lakewood. Four people were taken into custody and transported to the US Marshals office, and multiple ounces of heroin and methamphetamine were recovered.